President Trump will address a joint session of Congress tonight (Tuesday, February 28, 2017) at 9 p.m.
Given that President Trump has only been in office a month, the address isn’t really a formal “State of the Union” address as called for in the Constitution. Rather, it is an opportunity for the President to discuss his agenda, review his initial success and rally support for his next moves.
Our White House sources tell us the President plans to lay out “an optimistic vision for the country that crosses the traditional lines of party, race and socioeconomic status. It will invite Americans of all backgrounds to come together in the service of a stronger, brighter future for our nation.”
An “optimistic vision for the country that crosses traditional lines of party, race and socioeconomic status” would seem to be something that even Capitol Hill Democrats could embrace or at least be open to, but such is not the case if media reports are to be believed.
According to Heat Street, Democrats are planning on making his address tonight as uncomfortable as possible. Democrats will be using their gallery tickets as part of an organized effort to invite the families of illegal immigrants, DREAMers protected by former President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, and Muslim-Americans they claim will be harmed by President Trump’s temporary travel ban.
Since it would be hard to find an actual illegal immigrant willing to walk into the United States Capitol, Democrats plan to bring several people helped by the DREAM act (which the President has given no indication he plans to eliminate), and the family of a woman slated for deportation back to her home country of Mexico during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Sources in one Democratic Congressional office told Heat Street an invitation was even extended to Trump-bashing actress Meryl Streep, but it’s not clear how serious the invitation was (or whether it was even received).
It is interesting to note that many of these same Democrats disgracefully boycotted President Trump’s inauguration, so we hope that the President gets the message that “reaching across the aisle,” being bipartisan or compromising with the Democrats – all beloved catchphrases of Capitol Hill’s squishy Republican leadership – are useless endeavors that are bound to fail.
Indeed, rather than adopt the compromising tone so beloved by Capitol Hill’s Republican swamp-dwellers, we urge the President to hold their feet to the fire.
President Trump has already announced a bold agenda, including:
Tax and regulatory reform to get relief to hard-pressed American families and American businesses.
Saving American families from the disaster of Obamacare.
Making sure every child in America has access to a good education.
Making the workplace better for working parents.
A great rebuilding of the American military.
Restoring American sovereignty and the rule of law.
Fulfilling our commitments to our veterans and making sure they have access to the care they need.
Encouraging job creation and economic growth.
These should be no-brainers for Republicans in Congress, but the GOP leadership has not acted on any of this, especially on repealing Obamacare, which they did a half-dozen times while Obama was in office.
Our White House friends tell us that President Trump will make the point that his agenda speaks to all Americans. And it is true that all Americans share a desire for safe communities for themselves and their families. All Americans want their children to have access to good schools. And all Americans deserve good jobs that allow them to prosper and dream. For far too many people – especially “the forgotten men and women” who elected President Trump – these fundamental desires have been out of reach for too long.
However, as CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie documented in his book TAKEOVER, the greatest impediment to conservative governance is not the Democrats and liberals—it is the progressive leadership of the Big Government Republican establishment in Congress and their allied special interests.
The most important thing President Trump will say tonight is – we hope – to goad the Republican Congress into action on his conservative agenda. Unless and until he gets action from Capitol Hill Republicans he will remain extremely limited in what he can do to make America great again.